Jan 17, 2013 11:00am PST
of somalia. hillary clinton is giving a news conference, the peg as to why she is speak. as she was speak, she also spoke a bit about the hostage situation under way at this bp facility in algeria that involves as many as seven americans being held hostage. here's what she said. >> i can say that more brudly what we are seeing in mali and algeria reflects the broader strategic challenge first and foremost for the countries in north africa and for the united states and the broader international community. instability in mali has created the opportunity for a staging base and safe haven for terrorists. we had success as you know in degrading al qaeda and affiliates, leadership and actions, in afghanistan and pakistan. we have seen the great cooperation led by african troops through the un mission that you were just discussing in somalia. let's make no mistake. there is a continuing effort by the terrorists whether they call themselves one name or al qaeda to try to destroy the stability and the peace and security of the people of this region. >> she mentioned al qaeda there. a little bit as
Jan 17, 2013 8:00am PST
. hillary clinton was there in october and talked about a potential situation with mali which we all know has become very volatile and you have the french who have gone in there which reportedly is why this operation, this kidnapping operation was taking place. the kidnappers said they were doing that in solidarity for their people in mali. they were angry, they said, that algeria was allowing french planes to overfly algeria and go into mali to carry out that operation. now, whether that's true, i mean, it could be, or it could also have been, as some u.s. officials are indicating, kind of a preplanned operation. after all, we understand that these people came in from libya into algeria. and the group, by the way, as we also know, is led by a man who's notorious for kidnapping, he's made millions of dollars, kidnapping, et cetera. >> the news that barbara brought to us just before i came to you, jill dougherty, a u.s. drone, an unmanned drone has flown over this bp air field collecting intelligence information and the fate of the hostages as we await news on that. keep us posted as well.
Jan 17, 2013 8:00am PST
for the first time in more than 20 years. secretary of state hillary clinton is expected to formally make the announcement in a meeting with somali president mohamed in washington. the move will come just days after the u.s. took part in a failed attempt by france to rescue a captured secret agent inside of somalia. the u.s. military has confirmed it's halted the transfer of detainees to some afghan prisons over ongoing abuses including torture. the obama administration resumed the transfers last year after pausing them in the wake of a 2011 united nations investigation that found widespread abuses. despite its qualms with the afghan military's handling of detainees, the u.s. continues to hold prisoners without charge or trial at afghanistan's bagram prison. the united nations says it has received permission from syria to expand efforts to feed the estimated 2.5 million people suffering from hunger during syria's international -- internal crisis. on wednesday, the world food program executive director says collaboration with local partners could mean the delivery of aid to an additional 1